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Church Board Report to the Congregation – July 2018

The Church Board’s monthly meeting took place on Tuesday evening, July 10th.   Here is a summary report from the July Board meeting.


The Board continues to stay abreast of current attendance and contribution trends.   Sunday morning attendance figures are lower than last year at this time, even as numerous individuals or families have started attending Five Forks on a regular basis since the start of the year. Contributions are running slightly behind 2017 giving.   We did receive two large contributions in June that were designated to our Deacon Fund.


As reported last month, the Board – in response to feedback received from a survey earlier this year – has started discussions regarding how the church would benefit by bringing a woman onto our staff. A committee was formed and given the task of creating a broad job description if this were to happen. Pastor Shaun reported on behalf of the committee that held their initial meeting in late June. Recognizing that there is a need for a higher level of care than what we currently provide, this became the primary area of focus.   The consensus of the committee was to create a position that was not just to care for the women in the congregation, but to minister to the congregation as a whole. Also to help us provide care to those in need outside of our church family. The committee will continue to meet in an effort to take a broad job description and prioritize the specific areas of need. There was agreement on the part of the Board to hold one or more Discussion Forums where the congregation would have the opportunity to provide input regarding this position.
Over the past few months the Board has been taking a closer look at our Anabaptist roots. We recognize that we have lost much of what makes us distinct, and this has contributed to a loss of identity and purpose as a church. There is uncertainty on the part of our congregation in regards to who we are and what we believe.   As Chair and Co-Chair, Pastors Bill and Shaun have committed to begin the process of helping the board and our congregation become aware of who the Brethren in Christ truly are and what we believe is important. This process will take time, but we believe it will help us tremendously as we move forward.
Lin Yoder led a discussion in regards to staff compensation. He presented a compensation grid based on things such as education, length of service, responsibilities and ultimately performance.   The board will review this information and continue discussion at future board meetings.
Your Church Board consists of…
Staff:  Bill Shank, Shaun Kipe
Congregational Representatives (elected at Annual Council) :  Peggy Dawson, Sandy Gray, Matt Nolt, Harvey Payne, Angie Petersheim, Todd Smith, Joel Wenger, Lin Yoder
Deacon Representative: Mike Garland
Church Treasurer:  Gene Gorman
Recording Secretary:  Christina Martin (non-voting)